Dr. Matthew Resnick works at the forefront of change in
health care. An academic surgeon, he heads a research program at Vanderbilt to
evaluate the effect of health system reform on the appropriateness and
intensity of cancer care. In particular, Matthew is studying how incentives can become
levers to drive high-quality care at lower costs.
Given his research interests and background, the MMHC
program seemed tailor-made for Matthew. “It is exactly what has been missing in
health care,” he says. “Effective leadership in health care today requires
fluency not only in the practice of medicine but also with the ever-changing
health care business model. It was obvious to me that the MMHC program offered
both the skill set and the network to be a change agent in today’s dynamic environment.”
During his group’s capstone project, Matthew was able to put
what he was learning to work in his own clinical department. He and the other
students in the group, who represented a variety of areas within health care,
took on the task of developing a telehealth strategy for VUMC. “It is our hope
that our strategy will serve as a model to improve access to surgical specialty
care for other service lines at Vanderbilt,” Matthew says. “I suspect this
project will lead to significant return on investment for both the clinical
department and the institution.”
Even more, he says, he values the classroom experience with
“engaging and dedicated” that “forces each student to step outside his or her
comfort zone” to broaden their perspective and improve their business acumen.
“The ability to speak both the language of medicine and business will
unquestionably shape my career from this point forward,” he says.
Fun Fact: Matthew’s work has been published in the New
England Journal of Medicine.
“[The MMHC] is what
has been missing in health care.”